Obama warns of the "old okey-doke"

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Fri Jan 25 23:55:42 UTC 2008

Almost 42.

I can't say rightly as to where I picked it up from: My mother? (in
her 70s) Watching classic entertainers like Edgar Bergen on the tube?
Watching old serials? Reading old comic books?


---Amy West

>Date:    Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:34:33 -0500
>From:    Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject: Re: Obama warns of the "old okey-doke"
>My goodness, Amy! How old are you? I first heard "okey-doke(y)" used
>by my mother, now 96, and her friends in the late 'Thirties!
>The expression was so popular that, in the "Forties, there was even an
>in-the-days-of-knights comic-book character named "Sir Oakey Doakes."
>Before that, Edgar Bergen's hick dummy, Mortimer Snerd, used
>"Okey-dokey!" as a catch-phrase.
>"How can you tell the difference between a Cadillac and a Cadiddlac?"
>"By the "diddle" in the middle!

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